See it if you're a fan of Jerry Herman scores, or interested to judge for yourself what works and what doesn't in this flawed but interesting show.
Don't see it if you can't stand a show where the ingredients don't mix well, or prefer musicals either edgier or fluffier than this middle-range show.
See it if you are open to a new perspective on a familiar classic, in direction, casting and musical performance; and to free food at intermission.
Don't see it if you insist on fidelity to the historical interpretation of this canonical work; you dislike color-blind casting and modern dance vs. ballet.
See it if you love the show and are open to another experience of it via a different language. Some excellent performances and unexpected relevance.
Don't see it if you're a Yiddish purist (accents are inconsistent), you get fidgety at shows that don't move fast, or if you don't like supertitles.
See it if you're a fan of plays about the Irish, or of plays that put many people on stage, and cover a wide range of subjects and emotions.
Don't see it if you get bored easily, or feel challenged by Irish accents.
See it if you love this classic musical, and are open to small interpretive updates & rethinking of somemoments and characters. Current cast is great.
Don't see it if you get impatient with the pacing of older shows, or with characters and plot that aren't of direct, current relevance.
See it if you love the original material, want to hear the full score, & are more interested in "let's put on a show spirit" vs. professional polish.
Don't see it if community theatre standards aren't good enough for you; interracial and cross-gender casting or uninspired direction disturb you.
See it if you appreciate extraordinary stagecraft - puppetry and scenic design, mainly - and an update to the characterization of Ann Darrow.
Don't see it if you want an interesting score (music OK, lyrics bad), human characters with more dimensions than a puppet, or sensible choreography.
See it if you're a hardcore HP fan, love great stage craft, and have the time and the money.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of HP (or of HP fans), don't care to learn the lingo, and think theatre is best when served in small portions.
See it if you love puppetry, the work of Julie Taymor, tales of youth finding its way, and a way of story-telling uncommon on the Broadway stage.
Don't see it if you love the film so much you can't stand to see it tampered with (including the addition of much unnecessary material).
See it if you like affirmative-message theatre, imaginative repurposing of words and music, great talent (writing and performing) and Go Gos songs.
Don't see it if you dislike stories where disenfranchised populations are treated affirmatively with respect. Or dislike Go Gos songs.
See it if you love classical musicals, and don't mind them rethought a bit for contemporary audiences (though without losing their intrinsic essence).
Don't see it if older works of theatre don't speak to you, or musicals aren't your thing.
See it if sheer entertainment outweighs all other considerations like art, social relevance, etc. Engaging performers, some enjoyably bad puns.
Don't see it if musical theatre has to mean something for you to enjoy it. Also, it's only semi-authentic, as it's a 1985 reworking of a 1937 show.
See it if you are a fan of the story, or want to experience a lesser-known (nowadays) show that has some brilliant moments and is always entertaining.
Don't see it if you can't divide your attention several ways at once and follow several different stories; or if you require top-notch songs and script.
See it if you want to see Mark Rylance devour a custom-made part; the 17th & 18th centuries and their music fascinate you; you love Globe productions.
Don't see it if you want to identify with the characters on stage; you want something edgy or in-the-moment relevant; you don't like Baroque vocal music.
See it if you want to see a strong cast in a landmark play about gay life that retains its freshness through well-written characters and pacing.
Don't see it if gay subject matter makes you uncomfortable, or if the prospect of almost 3 hours in the theatre without singing and dancing is unbearable.
See it if you're interested to see how an off-off-Broadway company overcomes the limitations of venue and casting to present a good representation.
Don't see it if your standards are professional-only (sometimes they would be met, not always), or if you dislike child performers (there are 6 or 7).
See it if you like your musical theatre to provoke and challenge, not only amuse and entertain (though Assassins does these as well). Excellent cast.
Don't see it if you prefer old-fashioned musicals with simple plots and characters, with no confrontation and the fourth wall firmly in place.
See it if you haven't seen the show before, or treasure the joys of a well-made musical from the 1960s. Any Bette Midler fan will not want to miss it.
Don't see it if you prefer a more adventurous kind of theatre, or a show where the comedy is subtle. Bette Midler isn't as energetic as she was when younger
See it if you'd like to witness a great performance by Andy Karl, and/or you liked Tim Minchin's score for Matilda the Musical. It's also very funny.
Don't see it if you're confused by a flood of overlapping contrapuntal lyrics that sometimes are impossible to comprehend.
See it if your interests extend to Yiddish Theatre, gay issues, early 20th-century obscenity laws, Story-Theatre-like stagecraft and artful acting.
Don't see it if you don't like serious issues in the theatre; if you're looking for prurience; if you don't like music as part of your non-musical plays.
See it if You love Cole Porter, are curious about musicals from the 30s, love great singing and dancing, want to laugh and experience some giddiness.
Don't see it if You're a musical theatre purist, as it's a reconstruction that had to be fairly freely reinvented; if you don't like topical references.
See it if you're curious about successful musicals by songwriters from the non-theatre world, or in musical adaptations of great works of literature.
Don't see it if what you love most about Mark Twain is his wit; that voice is totally missing in this concert adaptation. Good performances, not great ones.
See it if ...you are prepared to engage with it on your own personal level, rather than on expectations set by critics.
Don't see it if ...you've seen too many family get-together plays and are tired of the format.
See it if you're a fan of Cole Porter and want to hear some songs that aren't quite the greatest hits, but offer rewards; and of the revue format.
Don't see it if you want polished, high-power performances, or only want to hear the greatest hits; or you don't like the casual nature of Mufti formula.
See it if you are adventurous about theatre that is more interested in concept and theatricality than in traditional story-telling and sensibilities.
Don't see it if you require a more traditional approach to story-telling and theatrical presentation; you want to understand what is going on up there.
See it if you like the best kind of musical adaptation, imaginative rethinking of the original, with knockout performances and a great Yazbek score.
Don't see it if you prefer something cutting-edge and outside the boundaries of traditional musical theatre; or only like original, non-adaptation shows.
See it if you are a fan of Studs Terkel and/or the many creative people who contributed to it; also for an opportunity to relate to what's on stage.
Don't see it if you want a through-line story, or a unified creative guiding hand; or to see an historical artifact, as the show is continually updated.
See it if you love the great score, love a powerhouse performance by Kelli O'Hara, superb dancing, an orchestra that cooks. Great energy on stage.
Don't see it if you don't want to be disappointed at how little respect some performers and the director show for some great songs - too much 'business'.
See it if you aren't afraid to revisit your feelings around the events of 9/11; if you want an uplifting story in the face of tragedy and uncertainty.
Don't see it if you are overly sensitive to the occasional cliche from composite characters; if you prefer a musical score to have some variety in sound.
See it if you have ever questioned whether you, as a gay man, have an obligation to the community to get married; or if you've ever considered it.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with seeing lives taking a serious turn during a play, or if you can only see a play's flaws and not its virtues.
See it if you love musicals with a joyous score, enthusiastic performances and a story both heart-warming and heart-breaking, in a brilliant staging.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with dialect, environmental staging or a viewpoint squarely on the side of the peasants over the aristocracy.
See it if you know the TV show; you like fanciful, over-the-top production values; you value silliness and fun as much as serious theatrical efforts.
Don't see it if your idea of a musical is a show with compelling characters and an important score; you don't know the Spongebob characters and don't care.
See it if you love music evoking an earlier time but not imitating it; a coming-of-age story sincerely & skillfully told; a "little show that could."
Don't see it if you want a story with a balanced female viewpoint; you don't like a somewhat predictable story arc; you prefer cutting-edge music & lyrics.
See it if you loved the musical, and want to learn what issues had to be dealt with in the transition from film to stage. The film is very worthwhile.
Don't see it if you aren't curious about the process of adapting a film into a musical, or if you find the basic story uninteresting.
See it if you are a hard-core Disney fan, love the score, or a student of musical theatre wanting to know how the property was adapted for the stage.
Don't see it if you think the original movie is perfect as it is, or want to be surprised. Even with a good formula, it's rather formulaic.
See it if you are a fan of obscure musicals, or if you've always wanted to experience some of the lesser byways of the Broadway musical.
Don't see it if you want a fully integrated show, and/or an emotional investment with characters. Although the cast is stellar, some are not at their best.
See it if you treasure the unique gifts of David Yazbek, the best theatre writer of recent years; phenomenal performances; you want to be transported.
Don't see it if you don't like shows that don't conform to standard formulas; if you can't believe Israelis & Egyptians could behave well with each other.
See it if you love musical theatre, and want to see a strong cast perform some wonderful selections from great shows.
Don't see it if you can't bear to be reminded of how much greater the original shows were, despite the best efforts of a fine cast and creative team.
See it if you like well-developed characters, excellent songs performed by a great cast, and a show crafted by and starring many talented women.
Don't see it if you dislike country-inflected music or a story with a southern setting; or have a low tolerance for whimsy or female-empowerment scenarios.
See it if you love Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole, who are great; if you want a story about independent women at a time only a few had that power.
Don't see it if you want to hear great music and cliché-free lyrics; if you want someone to root for; if you want fully-developed characters.
See it if you like fresh voices (writers as well as performers), and seeing a familiar story from a different perspective. Great music rules the day.
Don't see it if you prefer big band without extra social consciousness; you prefer other musical languages; or you don't like serious topics in musicals.
See it if you've been wondering what all the fuss was about back in 1954. The cast and orchestra are the work's greatest proponents.
Don't see it if you have no patience for a sung-through show; or prefer standard story-telling without undue cleverness and literary references.
See it if you're ready to assess how well this problematic Sondheim show has aged, and to see how it has been reimagined for a 21st century audience.
Don't see it if you love the show in its original form, or have no tolerance for reconceived shows with minimal sets and costumes and a small cast.
See it if you're a Jerry Herman fan, curious about infrequently revived musicals, or a lover of strong musical theatre casting.
Don't see it if you expect pitch- & letter-perfect performances; in Musicals in Mufti, the cast is on book, and there often can be missed cues and misfires.
See it if you love good old-fashioned musical theatre - good songs, very good dancing, inventive stagecraft, and an overall atmosphere of fun.
Don't see it if you believe the original animated film is sacrosanct, or don't buy into the Disney ethos. Singing and acting are good, but can be formulaic.